Friday, September 30, 2005

Nature Around Us

Let me talk about how awesome this campus is. You might think that Carthage Campus is very natural and great because of all of the flowers and sparkling clean sidewalks. Well I might say it is good in the sense of an English Garden, but Hirodai's campus is like a Japanese Garden. The whole thing is amazing. Just look at the walk I took to get to campus today...

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Path to Hirodai Campus Posted by Picasa

It really feels like I'm living in a forest, or at least closer to nature than ever possible in the US. Dense foliage, birds, trees, ponds, streams, rivers, fish, shrubs, insects. Outside is actually very noisy because of all of these animals. Let me tell you, that there signs to beware of snakes. I haven't found any snakes yet, but I have spotted myriads of species of grasshopper and crickets, at least 6 species of butterfly, swarms of dragonflies, two praying mantis (one dead and one live), spiders tucked into every open crotch of a tree. Oh, and did I mention there were 3 Japanese guys chasing after a small lizard in the middle of campus?!

One web near the pond is above my head. The main part of the web is 2ft in diameter, but two of the main supporting web lines are connected roughly 4ft away across the path. Overall, I expected many more bothersome insects like mosquitoes, but I guess having this true ecosystem alive on campus (SPIDERS!!!) keeps many of the pests at bay.

Let me just show you the picture of the spiders so you can understand how amazing these creatures are, and why I can never walk through the woody area on campus....

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Jeez, those things give me the willys. These aren't run-of-the-mill house spiders like we have in the US, small and brown, but thriving wild spiders, yellow and up to 4 inches long if you stretch out their legs. No, I didn't touch it. It's just my guess. The smallest one of that kind I've seen is just 1 inch long.

I'm sure my Dad would be lost for hours on campus here. Well, it's not that he would be lost, but that he would be feasting on Japanese wild berries and fruits. Yea, they are here, I wonder if they are edible. There is one fruit tree on campus so far, I guess it might be a citrus fruit kind of like a lemon or orange.

I've been blogging pretty well so far, tomorrow I don't have much of a plan. Maybe Takoyuan is going to pick me up. I've still got to buy some things to get settled in. Let's see, cell phone, futon...That could be the last of my big purchases for a while. Ah! I'm going to the Yoshiura Autumn Festival on Sunday. I'll bring my camera with me, don't worry so much~

6 Comments:

Anonymous Juki said...

That looks awesome...but not so much the erm spiders... Have fun at the festival and try not to blow all your money so quicky =P

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Mom said...

Looks beautiful,Phillip. My God don't touch the spiders. Watch out for the snakes. I don't have a passport. (haha). Just remember you do have to come home to Rockford. The Forest City! Keep the pictures and news coming. I'm enjoying your trip with you. Mom

4:33 AM  
Anonymous dad said...

dad says
At least you appreciate the finer things in life Phil
fresh air
fresh food
and good friends
savor them each like a fine wine-take time to make them each last a lifetime

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